Cracked points out why the live action Batman TV series and films look the way they do and are so distinct. They are products of their times, a reflection of America’s past three decades. Though we refuse to believe that Joel Schumacher’s 2-film run was the ’90s fault.
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It’s no coincidence that Christopher Nolan hosted Heat‘s 20th anniversary retrospective – he’s a huge fan of fellow director Michael Mann. Glass Distortion compared scenes from Heat and Mann’s other films with ones from The Dark Knight to show Mann’s influence on Nolan.
Quantum Mechanix’s gleaming 1:1 scale metal reproduction of Bats’ versatile throwing toy, based on the one seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Justice League. Cast from zinc alloy and includes a magnetic display stand. Measures 8.5″ x 3.25″.
Bats and Supes might have been mortal enemies the last time they met up, but they can’t stay mad at each other forever. Stage an official reconciliation in your bathtub with these goofy rubber duckies modeled after DC’s two biggest superheroes. Also sold individually.
Hot Toys ends the year with a bang by announcing this incredibly faithful sixth-scale action figure of the Dark Knight as he appears in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. The 13″ tall figure comes with two faces, four pairs of hands and a ton of weapons and equipment.
Sideshow Collectibles nailed it with this badass 23″ tall sculpt of Batman’s muscular nemesis, standing proudly atop a crushed Batsignal beneath his size 20 lace-up, and injects green super-steroids into his bloodstream. We love the angry alternative head baring his chompers.
The latest trailer for the solo adventure of Will Arnett’s blocky Batman emphasizes Bruce Wayne’s emotional conflict: he’s lonely, but he’s also afraid of losing his loved ones again. What he doesn’t realize is that he already has family. Even the Joker wants his attention.
Costume maker Julian Checkley was awarded the Guinness World Record for having the most functional gadgets on a costume. He didn’t make the Arkham Origins-inspired Batsuit, but he did make the gadgets, which include a Bat-tracker, a grapnel gun, and a flashbang.
1960’s Batman stars Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar voice a new, feature-length animated movie. It’s kind of refreshing to have see their quirky, lighthearted take on the characters after the truly depressing Bats we’ve been dealing with on the big screen lately.
Burger Fiction looks at 50 years of The Clown Prince of Crime in live action and animation. From Cesar Romero’s screwball 1960s thief, to his bat-sh*t crazy and murderous variants by Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto, Mark Hamill, and the never to be outdone Heath Ledger.
Our first look at DC’s upcoming superteam flick has more laughs than all of Zack Snyder’s other movies combined. Perhaps the studio asked him to lighten up. It’s also got Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash – though Supes is still nowhere to be seen.
Telltale Games turns their graphical storytelling prowess to The Dark Knight, dropping this trailer for its upcoming interactive adventure series. Looks like this M-rated Bats has some seriously dark demons in his closet. Ep.1 drops 8/2/16 on consoles, PC, Mac, and mobile.
DC’s animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke looks promising, but it has a more cartoonish look than the dark graphic novel. Emil Gustaffson Ryderup gives us a glimpse of what the film would be like if it stuck to Brian Bolland and John Higgins’ lines and colors.
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